Payette Clinic cases: Vancouver Pill Mill Linked to Wave of Deaths and Addiction

scan0003Rachel Daggett, 18, died of an overdose after ingesting Oxycodone. A trail of the illegally-diverted narcotic led back to the Payette Clinic in Vancouver, Washington. The clinic was subsequently exposed as a “pill mill,” in which LPNs were dispensing narcotics in unheard-of amounts to virtually anyone who would walk in off the street and claim that they were suffering from chronic pain. Since suing Payette for the death of Ms. Daggett, we have brought 15 more lawsuits against Payette, many on the behalf of the families of patients who died from overdoses, and many others from people whose lives have been shattered by the addiction brought on by Payette’s massive over-prescription of narcotics. The principals at Payette Kelly Bell, Scott Pecora, and Penny Steers gave up the right to prescribe narcotics after being raided by the DEA. Notably, just before the DEA stepped in during the spring of 2009, co-owner Kelly Bell announced that Payette would be opening a sleep apnea clinic “for those of you who under the influence of our medication sometimes forget to breathe.”

More news coverage:
The Oregonian – Maxine Bernstein (3/14/2009)
The Columbian – Laura McVicker (1/7/2011)
The Oregonian – Maxine Bernstein (1/10/2011)
The Oregonian – Maxine Bernstein (3/18/2011)
Seattle Times – Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong(12/12/2011)
The Columbian – Marissa Harshman (2/4/2012)
The Columbian – Marissa Harshman (2/5/2012)

Underlying Documents:

Seattle Times (12/11/2011)